Report cards out for area schools

Huron and Margaretta fared the best, Sandusky worst.
Alissa Widman Neese
Aug 23, 2013

Are Ohio's schools making the grade?

It may be too early to tell, according to the state's tougher, transformed standards.

The Ohio Department of Education released its first revamped grade cards for the state's school districts Thursday, replacing the "excellent with distinction" through "academic emergency" classification with a traditional A through F grading scale.

Look at all the data by clicking HERE or in the embedded content below

The new report cards list letter grades in nine separate areas, including how many overall state standards students met in the previous year. 

They do not, however, include an overall letter grade. Those will appear for the first time in August 2015, state officials said. Some of the individually graded areas will be weighted as more important than others to determine the overall grade.

Locally, Margaretta and Huron students fared the best on the new grading scale. Margaretta Schools received six As and three Bs for this past school year, while Huron Schools received four As, four Bs and one C.

Sandusky Schools, meanwhile, landed the lowest grades in the region, receiving two Fs, two Ds, four Cs and one A — for the district's gifted student programs — on this past year's report card. 

Perkins Schools received three Fs, the most in the area, but balanced out its scores with four Bs, one C and one D.

The new system makes it difficult to compare data to years past, but it should eventually offer a clearer picture of how a school is educating particular groups of students, state officials said. The nine letter grades aim to provide insight into a district's performance on tests, graduation rates, year-to-year improvement and progress in closing achievement gaps between students.

Despite the new data, the region's grades still indicate a typical trend: wealthier, suburban districts continue to fare well in state evaluations, while poorer, urban districts continue to struggle. Over the years, the state's grading systems have generally failed to account for the difficult circumstances facing poorer urban districts, such as poverty issues.  

Overall, not one of the more than 600 districts in the state received all As or all Fs.

Eugene Sanders, Sandusky Schools superintendent, said district officials are disappointed by this year's grades, but they're optimistic for the future.

With plans for district-wide improvement and transformation, including the "Next Level" initiative and the Regional Center for Advanced Academic Studies, a new full-time gifted school, Sanders said he's certain the district can aggressively improve its overall scores by next year.

"I find the scores absolutely unacceptable in terms of what we're capable of doing," Sanders said. "While some students are seeing great success in our schools, we need to address students who aren't succeeding in a way that improves scores across the board. We make no excuses."

Even officials at districts faring well, however, said they plan to dissect the complicated new data and identify areas where students can improve.

"Our team really needs to sit down and dig deep into the data and then take that back to our building principals and teachers," Huron Schools superintendent Dennis Muratori said. "We're very proud of the tremendous effort of our students, faculty and staff, but there are always areas where we can improve instruction and programming."

Complete report cards are available at the Ohio Department of Education's website, ode.state.oh.us.

High web traffic caused the department's website to malfunction shortly after the report card data's 11 a.m. Thursday release time, but the results were available about an hour later.

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starryeyes83

Are they going by which county the BOE buildings are located, because Bellevue no longer has any schools in Huron County, unless maybe the new Junior high is.

Unassumer

Howz my kid gonna get a jib if'n she cain't spell? Butch, do ya get my draft?

sandusky2012

Hey you sandaskians how is this possible especially when Margaretta doesn't even have a school district income tax.. sure am lucky i live in Margaretta school system. don't even have to pay to play ;-))

WesTaylor

I didn't know that Margaretta played sports. Sorry. That was mean.

lc040103

Margaretta has its fair share Of troublemakers they just have money

totallyamazed

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@ lc040103

But, you do realize that cow tipping is an officially sanctioned sport...lol.
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Ithink

Gotta love how everyone pokes fun of Margaretta for farming, yet everyone around here seems to want to eat. Did they learn in these schools that food doesn't just appear in a grocery store--that it is farmers who actually grow food and ingredients to make food? Bet you're not as quick to poke fun when your tummies are growling.

Edwin Ison

There is a reason some are in a certain socioeconomic status and DNA has the most to do with educational success.

The refusal of administrators(Sanders etc.)to acknowledge the correlation of socioeconomic status to educational results is a typical "head in the sand" stance that administrators take, this is because they (Sanders etc.) have an easy, built in scapegoat to blame, the working teachers.

Take the staff from Huron and Sandusky, trade kids and see if the results follow the kids, or the teachers.

How did Sanders do at Cleveland and Toledo with his transformation and other nonsense?

SamAdams

Oh, I'm totally sure you're right. After all, we all know that it's not your fault if you're too poor to borrow a free book from the library, or your DNA qualifies you only to blame your DNA for your failures! People from poor backgrounds never, NEVER climb out of poverty; people with the "wrong" DNA never, NEVER go on to be ANYthing of value to society. Yeah, why do we bother? Good point!

William Jeffers...

This is all a joke. Run an algorithm which uses the % of home owners vs. renters, % of single vs. 2 parent families, average home value & average family income you'll come up with roughly the same scores.

Good 2 B Me

Maybe we should just spend the money to build a football stadium instead of improving the educational process, Right Gunner?

VOTENO

WE LOVE YOU GUNNER! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

1luckydog

Sorry, I don't care what these test show. Kids these days are so dependant on computers. I have had so many work for me in the past 10 years that can't spell. They know how to spell it if it is in front of them, but beyond that they are lost. Not to mention their hand writing. Horrible.

SamAdams

I completely agree. There should be no computers in the classroom until students have learned the basics of reading, writing, math, etc. And students shouldn't be deemed to have learned those basics until they're able to pass an actual test without lowering the bar or manipulating scores in any other way.

The inability to spell or write typically spills over into ALL areas of communication. I don't care WHAT you want to be when you grow up; communications abilities are critical, and the dependency on computers you mention is exactly the problem you say it is. I'm only pointing out that that problem extends far beyond the obvious!

Informed

Some of the most brilliant people I have ever met, genius level, were poor spellers. Be careful of correlating spelling ability with anything else. Many scientists, engineers, and doctors have horrible spelling, yet are fantastic in their jobs.

AEversole

Remember when I was complaining about the level of education in the areas on a decline in sandusky and Perkins and some idiots saying how great sandusky city schools are......and I went there.lol......its a joke and that's why my son doesn't go there... get s grip on this guys, these kids are our economic future and deserve better.

Jaqdup

And y'all wondered why Gunner didn't move into the district for his kids to attend Perkins. Now ya know.

WesTaylor

His youngest has been out of high school for a couple years now.......nice try.

Huron_1969

Report Card for on the parent(s) or guardians would paint a better picture...
Involved in the students education and progress?
Help with home work?
Instill a sense of pride in hard work?
Provide quiet time for studies?
Set a good example for being a productive member of society?

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The Hero Zone

Brilliant! If I am not mistaken in Japan most teachers have a home-visiting requirement where over the course of the year they go to each student's house to talk to the parents and students personally, outside the school. It allows for more personal communication outside an official venue as well it lets the teacher see the conditions in which his/her student is living to take into consideration when working with that student. I suppose to a point, too, it could be a preliminary social-worker-style visit to make sure the kid isn't living in squalor but that job is for someone who does that for a primary career. It could also better inter-service communication and bring resources to people who need it but don't know to ask or don't wish to do so publicly.

rjk1915

The grades aren't poor because of economic status, the status is poor because of the grades. You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. No one ever says that, because everyone is afraid of the sow's ear.

WesTaylor

It all is a vicious cycle.

VOTENO

Does Gunner have a shirt that says "Trust me I'm a Doctor"?

WesTaylor

Do you have a shirt that says "I spend too much time on blogs"?

Nellie1977

My son openly admitted that he used to just play games on his laptop in school at Perkins. His grades showed it. Then he wondered why he didn't understand his assignments. The teachers thought the kids were doing actual work and no one really checked. I do not think they are a good idea at all. I did voice my concerns about them, I basically got no where. So trying to be a good parent with a valid concern is not a priority there.

underthebridge

This is an ongoing concern that no one really wants to face when you bring it to the attention of the administration. (And I have.)

donutshopguy

It's about parenting. Some kid's parents take an active role in their education. Some don't. A teacher has a kid 6 hours a day for 180 days. That's 12% of the time over a year.

Parents aren't doing their jobs as parents.

nonconformist

Exactly! No one wants to place te responsibility were it actually lies. Did anyone stop to think why Sandusky got a bad grade? Hmm, lets see, the majority of the good students with parents that actually care and off to Huron an Perkins during open enrollment because they got sick and tired of te half wits that have no parental involvement and interupt class time making it difficult for the students there who actually want to learn. Either no parental involvement or the half wit parents cry victims that little Johnny isn't getting a fair shake. Sandusky is a good school system. Thank god my kid will be in higher classes this year and won't have to worry about the other kids or their parents that don't give a rats *ss and make it harder for the teachers to do their jobs. This certainly isn't only the schools fault.

fifteenthgreen

Well said. Which is precisely what most of the yes voters for this levy are. Parents wanting to mask the real problems by buying more things with the taxpayers footing the bill. A feeling of entitlement while spoiling little Johnny even when the test scores aren't deserving of such entitlements.

eriemom

Maybe your hypothetical Johnny does have good test scores. Maybe Johnny's father is on the BOE.

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